News from 2006



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E. coli Attorney Calls on Taco John's to Pay Victims' Medical Bills

William Marler called on Taco John’s to pay the medical bills of all individuals who became ill with E. coli infections as part of the...

E. coli Attorney Calls on Spinach Industry to Pay Victims’ Medical Bills

William Marler, a nationally-recognized food safety advocate and attorney, today called on the spinach industry “to do the right thing and immediately pay the medical...

E. coli information available on Web

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department reported that Ryan’s Restaurant in Hixson, Tennessee, was the potential source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in the Tennessee...

Epidemiologist Patti Waller at the Western Region Epidemiology Network

Patti Waller presented on "Responding to Public Records Requests: A Report of How Health Agencies Are Doing" at the Western Regional Epidemiology Network (WREN) conference...

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Second E. coli lawsuit filed against Taco John’s by Iowa resident

Marler Clark filed its second lawsuit against Taco John’s on behalf of a victim of the recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that was traced to...

Seattle firm hires New York lawyers for spinach E. coli cases

Marler Clark has retained the Buffalo-Rochester based law firm Underberg & Kessler to assist them with litigation resulting from the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak traced...

Second lawsuit filed by victims of E. coli outbreak traced to spinach

A Milwaukee family filed suit against Dole today in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The lawsuit was filed by Marler...

Salmonella lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the company whose Greenwood, Indiana, store was the source of a Salmonella outbreak between May and...

Salmonella lawsuits filed against Fern Hill Country Club

Marler Clark filed three lawsuits Tuesday against the Fern Hill Country Club, the caterer whose pastries were traced as the source of a Salmonella outbreak...

Seattle attorney investigating Salmonella outbreak traced to Café Barbette

Bill Marler is in Minneapolis, finalizing settlements from the Dole E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, and investigating a Salmonella outbreak traced to an Uptown Minneapolis restaurant...

Seattle firm leading Sheetz litigation

Bill Marler says he plans to file 148 Salmonella lawsuits against Sheetz and Coronet Foods concerning allegedly Salmonella-contaminated tomatoes sold in 2004. Most are in...

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Taco John’s sued in E. coli case

Taco John’s was sued Thursday in Federal District Court for the Northern District of Iowa over an E. coli outbreak at its Cedar Rapids, Iowa...

Tomatoes source of Salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that at least 183 people in 18 states had been confirmed ill with Salmonellosis as...

Tillamook hepatitis A outbreak at Sharky’s restaurant cause for public health concern

A hepatitis A outbreak was traced to Sharky's restaurant in Tillamook, Oregon. Marler Clark encouraged residents of Tillamook County to be aware of the symptoms...

Toledo E. coli outbreak linked to contaminated fruit served by caterer

A preliminary investigation report released by the Ohio Department of Health pointed to contaminated fruit served at seven catered events in the Toledo area as...

Two Vancouver residents dead after Norovirus outbreak at retirement center

A norovirus outbreak at a retirement center in Vancouver, Washington, sickened over 40 people, and left two people dead. The Norovirus causes severe gastrointestinal symptoms...

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Food Safety Attorney calls for Congressional Hearings on Poisoned Produce

"Now, when we thought that the worst was over, we’re in the midst of another E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, the scope of which may exceed...

Food Safety Lawyer Babcock at National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education

Marler Clark associate attorney Dave Babcock spoke at the NBI's seminar titled, "Plaintiff's Personal Injury: Practice Tips and Application" on December 7, 2006 in Tacoma...

Family of Nebraska spinach E. coli victim files suit

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of an 81-year-old Nebraska resident who died after suffering complications of an E. coli O157:H...

Food Safety Attorney Bill Marler at the Milwaukee North Shore Rotary

Bill Marler attended the Milwaukee North Shore Rotary meeting on October 23, and gave a presentation on foodborne illness while sharing his insight into litigating...

Food Safety Lawyer Dave Babcock at the Michigan Environmental Health Association

Dave Babcock attended the Michigan Environmental Health Association Food Conference on Mackinac Island, Michigan, and presented on the liability of environmental health associations for alleged...

Food Safety Attorney Denis Stearns at the Washington State Public Health Association

Denis Stearns presented on restaurant operator liability for foodborne illness outbreaks and legal liability of environmental health agencies for failure to prevent outbreaks, and Bill...

Food and Drug Association (FDA)

Patti Waller was invited to present on the topic of using health department data in foodborne illness outbreak litigation at the 2006 FDA SE Region...

Food Poisoning Lawsuit Filed Against San Diego Restaurant

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Filiberto’s, the Arizona restaurant chain whose restaurant located at 3446 University Avenue in San Diego was traced as the...

Family Sues Wendy’s over E. coli Poisoning

Marler Clark filed an E. coli lawsuit against Wendy’s, the Dublin, Ohio-based restaurant chain whose North Ogden, Utah, restaurant was traced as the source of...

Food Safety Attorney Stearns at the National Environmental Health Association

Denis Stearns presented at the National Environmental Health Association's 70th Annual Education Conference & Exhibition. His topic was "Economic Incentives for Improved Food Safety: Seeking...

Food Safety Advocate Bill Marler at the Association of Food and Drug Officials

Bill Marler spoke at the 110th Annual AFDO Education Conference in Albany, New York, on the topic of "Focus on Food Safety - Distinguishing Between...

Food poisoning outbreak hits another Lansing restaurant

The Ingham County Health Department has traced at least 200 illnesses to a Lansing Township restaurant. Customers who ate at Bravo Italian Kitchen in Eastwood...

Food Safety Lawer at the 4th Annual Animal Law CLE

Dave Babcock discussed E. coli O157:H7 litigation and the as-yet improbability of Mad Cow Disease litigation in a presentation for the Washington State Bar Association...

Food Safety Legal Team at the Nebraska Environmental Health Association

Bruce Clark and Patti Waller presented on the Legal Aspects of Food Safety at the Nebraska Environmental Health Association's annual meeting, held in Lincoln....

Food Safety Advocate Bill Marler at Canadian Food Safety Forum '06

Bill Marler presented at Canada's national food safety conference, held in Toronto, Ontario. His presentation focused on the consequences of foodborne illness, and was titled...

Food safety attorney to file lawsuit against Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Marler Clark will file a lawsuit today against Carrabba’s Italian Grill, the Lansing restaurant that was the source of a Norovirus outbreak that sickened over...

Food safety law firm representing victims of Cleveland-area Salmonella outbreak

Marler Clark has been contacted by victims of a Salmonella outbreak that health officials have traced to Corky and Lenny’s Restaurant in Woodmere, and is...

Foodborne illness Web site is resource for victims of Lansing outbreak

More than 50 people became ill with an apparent foodborne illness after eating at Carraba’s Italian Grill on West Saginaw in Lansing last weekend. While...

Food Safety Lawyer Bill Marler Guest Lectures at University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Bill Marler toured the Acute Disease Epidemiology and PFGE Laboratory at the Minnesota Department of Health before presenting to the University of Minnesota's College of...

Food Safety Lawyer Bill Marler at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Tech

Bill Marler presented to the Food Service department at Virginia Tech University on the importance of food safety. He will include case studies and discussed...

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19 New Jersey residents ill in latest E. coli O157:H7 outbreak

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in New Jersey has sickened at least 19 people, most of whom reported eating at New Jersey Taco Bell restaurants...

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Marler Speaks at the Defense Research Institute

Bill Marler gave a joint presentation on what impacts the value of foodborne illness cases at the Defense Research Institute's "Food Liability - New Issues...

MarlerClark Managing Partner Bill Marler at the FoodHACCP.com Conference

Bill Marler presented at the first international conference to be held by FoodHACCP.com - Detection Methods for Food Safety and Quality. His speech focused on...

Manacing Partner Bill Marler at the California State Senate Committee on Governmental Organization

Bill Marler was invited to participate in an informational hearing organized by the California State Senate Governmental organization Committee : "Unraveling the E. coli Outbreak...

Marler Presents at the International Association for Food Protection

Bill Marler gave three presentations at the 93rd annual meeting for IAFP in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Bill presented during a session titled, "Making Foods Safer...

Macon County E. coli outbreak sends two children to hospital with kidney failure

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has been traced to a Macon County, Tennessee, day care center. The Tennessee Department of Health reported that nine children...

Monett, Lawrence County, Missouri E. coli Outbreak is Threat to Public Health

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Lawrence County, Missouri, was suspected after one Monett resident was confirmed positive with E. coli O157:H7 infection, and five...

Motion for Certification of Class Action Lawsuit to be Heard in Spraypark Case

Attorneys from Marler Clark, Underberg & Kessler, and Dreyer Boyajian will appear before the State of New York Court of Claims in Syracuse on Monday...

More film crew members file hepatitis A lawsuit

Three film crew members who became ill with hepatitis A while working on the set of “The Good German” filed a lawsuit yesterday against Silver...

Managing Partner Bill Marler at a Packaging Group Meeting

Bill Marler presented at a one day meeting, "E. coli 2007: Understanding, Detecting, and Preventing," to be held in Jamesburg, NJ at the Forsgate Country...

Marler Presents at the World Ag Expo 2006

Bill Marler was the keynote speaker on a day dedicated to food safety at the largest agricultural exposition in the world. His presentation focused on...

Marler Clark files fourth E. coli lawsuit against Dole

Marler Clark, the nationally recognized food safety law firm, filed a fourth E. coli lawsuit against Dole on Friday. The firm has now filed three...

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Bill Marler at the Food Law & Regulation Conference

Bill Marler gave a presentation titled, "Examining Best Practice in Cases of Legal Liability - Responding to Cases of Foodborne Illness" in Chicago at Food...

Bill Marler Speaks at the Food Safety Forum

Bill Marler spoke at Outbreak Response, a forum held at the Toronto Marriott hotel at the airport. His speech was part of a food safety...

Bolthouse Farms Carrot Juice Botulism Outbreak Lawsuit - Florida (2006)

Marler Clark represented the sons of a Florida woman who suffered botulism and died after drinking contaminated Bolthouse Farms carrot juice in 2006. She was...

Bill Marler at the Central Atlantic States Association of Food and Drug Officials

Bill Marler presented on a victim's and plaintiff's view of foodborne illness outbreak litigation to public health officials at the CASA meeting, held in Gettysburg...

Big Fresno Fair E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit - California (2005)

Six children were infected with E. coli O157:H7 at the 2005 Big Fresno Fair petting zoo. The most seriously injured child was hospitalized for several...

Bill Marler at the New Jersey Environmental Health Association

Bill Marler presented on the "Legal Liability of Environmental Health Professionals for Alleged Negligent Inspections" and "How Health Department Data are Used in Foodborne Illness...

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Denis Stearns Guest Lecutrer at University of Southern California "Medical Products and the Law"

Denis Stearns gave a presentation on "Food Law, Litigation, and Class Actions" for the USC Regulatory Science Course: "Medical Products and the Law." His presentation...

Dave Babcock at the North Central Association of Food and Drug Officials

Dave Babcock gave a presentation titled, "Foodborne Illness CSI: Cracking the Legal Code" at the NCAFDO annual education conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana....

Dole sued by Oregon E. coli victim

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Dole in United States District Court for the District of Oregon. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Gwyn...

Drew Falkenstein Guest Lectures at Seattle Central Community College

Drew Falkenstein presented on food safety and legal liability for foodborne illness outbreaks for the Seattle Culinary Academy of Seattle Central Community College....

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Attorney Drew Falkenstein at the Oklahoma Department of Health Fall Meeting

Drew Falkenstein was the keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Department of Health's Fall Meeting in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He presented on two topics: "Sources of Liability...

Attorney Dave Babcock at the Food and Drug Association (FDA)

Dave Babcock participated in a panel discussion on liability related to foodborne illness on September 29, 2006, in Denver, Colorado. The panel was part of...

About-Salmonella website is resource for victims of Cleveland-area outbreak

Cuyahoga County health officials are investigating a Salmonella outbreak in the Cleveland area that likely originated at Corky and Lenny's restaurant in Woodmere. At least...

Attorney Bill Marler at the National Restaurant Association Meeting

Bill Marler spoke at a meeting of the NRA Risk and Safety Executive Group on the topic of minimizing liability risks and foodborne illness lawsuits...

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How a Tiny Law Firm Made Hay Out of Tainted Spinach

Before health officials warned the public about bad spinach, before grocers yanked fresh spinach off their shelves, before consumers cleaned out their refrigerators, the Seattle...

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Utah child sues California spinach producer and manufacturer over E. coli illness

On Monday, Seattle-based Marler Clark will file another lawsuit on behalf of a victim of the recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak traced to contaminated spinach...

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Golf course restaurant employee tests positive for hepatitis A

The Dare County, North Carolina Department of Public Health issued a warning to all patrons who ate at the Player’s Grille at Nags Head Golf...

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Class action status granted in Spraypark case

A class action lawsuit filed against the State of New York was certified today. The class certification ruling allows all persons who were damaged as...

Chi-Chi’s class action settlement checks on the way; Attorneys’ fees donated to local high schoo

4,991 individuals who obtained immune globulin shots for immunization during the November 2003 hepatitis A outbreak associated with the Chi Chi’s restaurant in Beaver County...

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Victim of Bravo norovirus outbreak files suit

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Ingham County, Michigan, woman who was one of at least 360 people sickened as part of...

Victim of Corky & Lenny’s Salmonella outbreak files suit

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit today on behalf of a Cuyahoga County woman who became ill with Salmonella and was hospitalized for four days after...

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Patti Waller at the Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference

Patti Waller gave a speech titled, "Using Health Department Data in Foodborne Illness Litigation" at the 34th annual Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference in Arvada...

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"Put me out of business, please."

On March 1, 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued additional Guidelines “for the Safe Production of Fresh-Cut Fruits and Vegetables.” Bill Marler commented...

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Lawsuit Filed in LA-Area Hepatitis A Outbreak Case

The first of what may be multiple lawsuits resulting from recent Los Angeles-area hepatitis A outbreaks was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court...

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Yamhill County outbreak cause for concern

A Shigella outbreak in Yamhill County likely originated from food served at Tommy’s Restaurant in McMinnville between January 23 and January 27. Several people have...